Ariyana Gibbon is a visionary artist who paints, creates sculptures and assemblages, and makes Earth Art based on inspiration from the Earth using a variety of natural materials, textures and handmade papers. In Los Angeles, her art has been in group shows at the Asto Museum, Shambala Art Festival, LA MAG, ASSI Gallery , Lark Gallery, as well as the Process Museum (Tucson), Tah Gallery (Pasadena), Multi Cultural Art Center o(San Diego), the high end Contemporary Arts and Craft Show (Santa Monica) and others. She was Artist in Residence in the San Diego City Schools for seven years, during which time she pioneered Eco-Peace Walls – murals utilizing images and written messages about global harmony, ecological sustainability and universal friendship. This work was well received and written about in the L.A. Times, San Diego Union, Whole Life Times, KPBS On-Air Magazine and Better World Magazine, among others. Her art has been featured on the front covers of Awareness, San Diego Arts Magazine and Healthy Living. Trendsetting California clothier Fred Segal commissioned a mural from Ariyana for one of his stores, and Nissan Motors commissioned a series of 12 drawings for their 1995 calendar, which was distributed to their customers in Asia. Ariyana has also worked as a Consultant with the United Nations Environmental Art Program (UNEP).
In October, 1994, Ariyana lost 20 years of her art in a fire that destroyed her home and studio. After this tragedy, she became an "artist in recluse," retreating from the world to immerse herself in the transformative power of art, yoga and nature during the wake of the trauma of tragic impermanence and broken dreams. She was determined to be more than a survivor – to become a vibrant thriver.
Following the massive Station Fire of 2009, Ariyana founded HealingFromTheAshes.org, a non-profit program that offers help through the creative arts to survivors of catastrophic disasters, specifically those peoples who lacked insurance coverage for their homes. She curated the first Healing from the Ashes Art Exhibit on the first anniversary of that fire, featuring 33 artists and 85 works of art. The show was very well received, and a fundraising success, attracting extensive media coverage that included NPR (KPCC), front cover of the San Fernando Valley Sun, Voice of the Village, Malibu Times and more. Creating art out of fire debris proved to be a deeply rewarding and transforming experience. Ariyana also developed a series of mixed media works out of remnants gathered from the Station Fire as well as her own rescued remnants.
Ariyana's current artwork is a series of acrylic and mixed media paintings, stone sculptures and assemblages. She creates mystical landscapes honoring stone spirits through unique combinations of paint, semi-precious stones, black coral, feathers and found objects gathered over many years. Her most recent artistic direction, inspired by her husband's, John Gibbon's, LED light sculptures, is a series of paintings and sculptures created with Selenite and LED lighting that have a quality of minimalism combined with high resolution.
Ariyana sees beauty in everything, and this ability fuels her love for mixed media. To her, mixed media represents an ingathering of the beauty and wisdom of different cultures, nations and traditions, bringing them together in one place where they meet and intersect in a harmonious way, creating something new. This fusion of East and West, the combination of the ancient with the modern, is the hallmark of much of Ariyana's art.